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Beyond Borders - 20th April 2010, Oxford University, Open Education Conference.

The Beyond Borders conference showcased work done at Oxford University this year during our OpenSpires project and provided an opportunity for discussion and debate on different aspects of creation, use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER).

The conference featured speakers from Oxford, other international research institutions and opinion-shapers in the open education community. Please see the programme for more details and podcasts of some of the talks. Our blog has summaries of the sessions and the tweets from the event have been archived at

Tag your blog posts, tweets, and photos of the Beyond Borders Conference beyond2010

Beyond beyond

This blog was established to support our conference in 2010. There have been no new posts since then and the blog is now archived.

Thank you for attending


Thank you to all the delegates and speakers who joined us in Oxford on Tuesday- remotely and physically. As you may know we gather here at Oxford, at about this time each year to explore and debate issues of learning technology and how it shapes learning and teaching practice.

Purpose of the event was to present and celebrate the work done this year at Oxford as part of our Open Spires project which has involved colleagues from across the collegiate institution and is part of a national programme of projects sponsored by JISC and the HEA.

Our plan for the day, as you can see from the published programme , involved a number of international speakers to set the scene for discussions about how our Openspires work places us on a global stage.

So, this being a technology conference and a very fine venue we did our best, and three of our speakers were  on video link.The day seemed to go smoothly and we have had many messages of support.

“I was particularly impressed by the professionalism, academic coherence, and superb and appropriate use of technology.  Each year I think this has to be the best so far… ( Director of IT, Oxford University)”

For those people unable to be with us, we had live tweeting and live blogging going on. We have gathered the tweets from the day  below. Recordings of key parts of the event will be made available on our website soon.

The tweets from #beyond2010 have been archived at

Robin Wilson

beyond 8

Keynote presentation from Robin Wilson, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, a Fellow by special election of Keble College at Oxford: communicating mathematics – a historical and personal journey. Robin speaks eloquently, using slide-transparencies on an over-head projector – adding another media to the presentations on show at the Beyond 2010 conference.

Starting from an exam question ‘Describe some of the ways mathematicians have communicated their results to their colleagues’, e.g. the spoken word and the written word – with many examples, Robin covered some 4,000 years of mathematics history. Afraid this blog has suffered as I try to concentrate on the story of mathematics…

Therefore, an audio-visual taste of Robin’s 1,500+ one-off lectures about mathematics to public and other audiences is available:

  • from the Gresham College website
  • and presentations on ‘Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life’ are available in video and in audio on iTunes-U

“It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it’s worthwhile, you do it well, and all the jobs that have to be done are done!”. Norman Gowar, Royal Holloway University of London.

Session 7 Beyond 2010.

Twitter - #beyond2010